Bat Masterson

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  • TV-14
  • 1958
  • 3 Seasons
  • 7.4  (956)

TV Western fans loved the weekly showing of the fictional story of the real life Western folk hero, Bat Masterson; a very popular story depicting the adventurous life of William BarClay Masterson. The television role was played by Gene Barry who moved on to many more successful roles. The show was seen for an entertaining half hour once a week from 1958-1961. The story had a very catchy theme song written by the talented David Rose and Sang by the great voice of Mike Stewart. Showed on NBC and later picked up by others the series was produced by the talented Producers Frank Pittman, along with Frederick Ziv and Andy White. The television Masterson was always immaculately dressed and was never without his trusty cane. The television character Bat Masterson was a legend brought to life. Masterson was a Scout, Marshall and amazingly skilful gambler just as the real life character was. The TV character had quite a way with the ladies which softened the character persona a bit. The TV character portrayed Bat Masterson as a man interested in fair play. He found himself in many scrapes but wheeled his way out with his quick mind and his trusty cane; occasionally he used the gun; only if there was no other alternative. The TV character offers a striking posture to the real life Masterson in looks. The show played for 107 episodes and is in syndication; still watched by millions. Bat Masterson was a star filled cast. Many people working on the show went on to other notable roles and the stars that filtered through the show as guest stars make a Who's Who list. James Garner and Diane Brewster acted in the series as guest and many others. Bat Masterson was a family show set in prime time and watched weekly by millions of people.

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Jeopardy at Jackson Hole
34. Jeopardy at Jackson Hole
June 1, 1961
Bat tracks the outlaws who murdered a pal to the Jackson Hole in Wyoming.
The Fatal Garment
33. The Fatal Garment
May 25, 1961
A plush El Paso saloon hires Bat as its guard and bouncer. As is the norm, it's not long until trouble arrives.
Farmer with a Badge
32. Farmer with a Badge
May 18, 1961
On his way to Tombstone, Bat gets ambushed by outlaws and left to die.
The Marble Slab
31. The Marble Slab
May 11, 1961
Bat joins the Pinkerton detective agency in order to find evidence that will put a crime kingpin behind bars.
Dead Man's Claim
30. Dead Man's Claim
May 4, 1961
Bat travels to Monument City, a once deserted mining town, when he hears that silver has been found again in the area. He wants to protect an old claim but finds out that interlopers have other ideas.
The Fourth Man
29. The Fourth Man
April 27, 1961
Bat travels to Lordsburg, NM when he learns that his friend got shot in a poker game.
Valley of Death
28. Valley of Death
April 20, 1961
Working as a civilian scout for the Army, Bat gets involved in an affair involving crooked Colorado politics.
Meeting at Mimbres
27. Meeting at Mimbres
April 13, 1961
Bat steps in when two horse thieves try to start a conflict between two Native American tribes.
Ledger of Guilt
26. Ledger of Guilt
April 6, 1961
Three men arrive in the town of Meeker, CO intent on killing a woman who resides there.
No Amnesty for Death
25. No Amnesty for Death
March 30, 1961
Bat wonders what's going on when he finds the son of a marshal hiding in the graveyard of a town that's about to hang three men.
The Good and the Bad
24. The Good and the Bad
March 23, 1961
There's no ugly in this episode that involves Bat ransoming a Medal of Honor.
Episode in Eden
23. Episode in Eden
March 16, 1961
Bat tries to establish some semblance of justice in a New Mexico desert town.
Terror on the Trinity
22. Terror on the Trinity
March 9, 1961
Bat gets involved in an adventure that includes a Chinese damsel, a lottery, and a mining claim.
Run for Your Money
21. Run for Your Money
March 2, 1961
Bat takes over as manager of a bank in Denver and is soon faced with a run on his institution when a saloon keeper casts doubt upon its solvency.
A Lesson in Violence
20. A Lesson in Violence
February 23, 1961
Bat encounters a shotgun toting female when he arrives at a farm in Texas in response to an urgent telegram.
Bullwhacker's Bounty
19. Bullwhacker's Bounty
February 16, 1961
Wagonmaster Bat is forced by necessity to hire a crew of unsavory characters to transport a convoy of explosives.
The Prescott Campaign
18. The Prescott Campaign
February 2, 1961
Bat steps in when a marshal is accused of illegal activities.
End of the Line
17. End of the Line
January 26, 1961
Bat gets put in charge of a crew building a railroad and is plagued by numerous misfortunes.
The Price of Paradise
16. The Price of Paradise
January 19, 1961
Bat gets thrown out of a saloon when he tries to collect a debt from its owner.
The Court Martial of Major Mars
15. The Court Martial of Major Mars
January 12, 1961
At an isolated stagecoach way station, an Army major is the victim of a bizarre court martial. It's up to Bat to put an end to things.
Tempest at Tioga Pass
14. Tempest at Tioga Pass
January 5, 1961
Bat comes to the aid of a crew building a road from Nevada into California.
The Lady Plays Her Hand
13. The Lady Plays Her Hand
December 29, 1960
A gambler breaks the bank at Bat's gambling joint with the aid of a female blackjack dealer.
Death by Decree
12. Death by Decree
December 22, 1960
A dying friend will Bat a gambling casino which is about to go under financially.
A Time to Die
11. A Time to Die
December 15, 1960
Bat must testify at the trial of a man charged with murdering a friend of his during a poker game.
Last Stop to Austin
10. Last Stop to Austin
December 1, 1960
Bat tries to discover whether or not a young gunslinger is the orphaned son of an old pal who died in a battle with Native Americans.
Last of the Night Raiders
9. Last of the Night Raiders
November 24, 1960
A woman and her son seek Bat's help when they get terrorized by the notorious Doolin gang.
Dakota Showdown
8. Dakota Showdown
November 17, 1960
Bat has to stand up to three gun toting brothers who just gunned down the only lawman in their town.
High Card Loses
7. High Card Loses
November 10, 1960
Bat steps in and escorts three mail order brides to the metropolis of Noble Creek.
Murder Can be Dangerous
6. Murder Can be Dangerous
November 3, 1960
After buying into a gambling parlor, Bat discovers that his partner has sticky fingers.
The Hunter
5. The Hunter
October 27, 1960
A British gentleman acquires unwanted notoriety when he downs a noted fast gun.
The Rage of Princess Anne
4. The Rage of Princess Anne
October 20, 1960
The manager of an unsafe mine begins forcing his employees to work in it.
Bat Trap
3. Bat Trap
October 13, 1960
Bat gets hired to judge a turkey shoot and make sure that the town bully doesn't interfere with the proceedings.
Law of the Land
2. Law of the Land
October 6, 1960
Bat gets involved in a struggle between cattlemen and the railroad.
Debt of Honor
1. Debt of Honor
September 29, 1960
When Bat gets repaid by a miner who struck gold it's revealed that the gold is part of a missing shipment.
Description

TV Western fans loved the weekly showing of the fictional story of the real life Western folk hero, Bat Masterson; a very popular story depicting the adventurous life of William BarClay Masterson. The television role was played by Gene Barry who moved on to many more successful roles. The show was seen for an entertaining half hour once a week from 1958-1961. The story had a very catchy theme song written by the talented David Rose and Sang by the great voice of Mike Stewart.

Showed on NBC and later picked up by others the series was produced by the talented Producers Frank Pittman, along with Frederick Ziv and Andy White. The television Masterson was always immaculately dressed and was never without his trusty cane. The television character Bat Masterson was a legend brought to life. Masterson was a Scout, Marshall and amazingly skilful gambler just as the real life character was. The TV character had quite a way with the ladies which softened the character persona a bit.

The TV character portrayed Bat Masterson as a man interested in fair play. He found himself in many scrapes but wheeled his way out with his quick mind and his trusty cane; occasionally he used the gun; only if there was no other alternative. The TV character offers a striking posture to the real life Masterson in looks. The show played for 107 episodes and is in syndication; still watched by millions.

Bat Masterson was a star filled cast. Many people working on the show went on to other notable roles and the stars that filtered through the show as guest stars make a Who's Who list. James Garner and Diane Brewster acted in the series as guest and many others. Bat Masterson was a family show set in prime time and watched weekly by millions of people.

Bat Masterson is a series that is currently running and has 3 seasons (108 episodes). The series first aired on October 8, 1958.

Where to Watch Bat Masterson

Bat Masterson is available for streaming on the NBC website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Bat Masterson on demand at Sling.

  • Premiere Date
    October 8, 1958
  • IMDB Rating
    7.4  (956)